CRPF loses 2 men in Kashmir terror attack
Srinagar: Terrorists attacked a CRPF party, leaving two of its men, including an officer, dead at Achabal in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Friday. Lashkar-eTioba claimed responsibility for the attack that occurred at 11 am when CRPF troops along with Jammu and Kashmir police were deployed on law and order duties.
Terrorists opened heavy fire from AK-47 riffles, injuring four people, including three CRPF men and a civilian.
The martyrs were identified as ASI Mishri Lal Meena and constable Sandeep Yadav. The injured were shifted to a hospital where an ASI and a constable were declared dead. The condition of another injured CRPF man is stated to be critical. Police said those who attacked the CRPF party came in a vehicle.
Soon after the attack, reinforcements were rushed to the spot which cordoned off the area to hunt down the terrorists who managed to escape.
Inspector General of CRPF (Operations) Zulfikar Hassan told DNA: “Our men also fired back. Unfortunately we lost two of our boys.”
In a separate incident, terrorists fired at Yaripora police station in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Friday. There was no loss of life in the attack. A massive hunt has been launched to nab the terrorists.
Meanwhile, life remained paralysed in Kashmir Valley as people observed a hartal on the call of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of separatists. JRL had also called for a march to Martyrs’ Graveyard to mark the anniversary of the 1931 uprising.
Moderate Hurriyat Conference chief Miwaiz Umar Farooq was detained when he defied his house detention and tried to lead the march to the Martyrs’ Graveyard.
A total of 21 Kashmiris had been killed by the army of Maharaja Hari Singh when J&K was a princely state.
Jammu and Kashmir’s former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti offers floral tribute to the 1931 martyrs in Srinagar on Friday